US soccer team to open World Cup qualifying in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) The U.S. soccer team will play its first qualifier for the 2018 World Cup at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Nov. 13, and the playoff for the 2017 Confederations Cup will be held at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

As the 2013 Gold Cup champs, the Americans will face 2015 winner Mexico on Oct. 9 for CONCACAF's spot in the Confederations Cup. CONCACAF announced the location after Mexico beat Jamaica in the Gold Cup final Sunday night.

The Cardinals announced earlier Sunday their stadium will be used for the qualifier.

Given a bye in the first three rounds of qualifying along with the other powers of the North and Central American and Caribbean region, the 34th-ranked United States was drawn into Group C on Saturday for the fourth round.

The group includes No. 64 Trinidad and Tobago, the winner of the third-round series between 105th-ranked Guatemala and No. 107 Antigua and Barbuda, and the winner of the series between 135th-ranked Aruba and No. 115 St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Seeking its eighth straight World Cup appearance, the Americans also play a qualifier Nov. 17.

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